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The starting point for a major beach resort area on the south coast…

Beruwala (also spelled as ‘Beruwela’) is believed to be the first Moor settlement on the island, established by Arab traders around the 8th century AD. A large population of Sri Lanka Moors, many of them gem traders, still live in this area, particularly in the “China Fort” district. The oldest mosque in Sri Lanka – the Kachchimalai Mosque – is built on a rocky headland overlooking this town.